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Ranunculus.}                      FLOBA INPICA.                                     37
longo glabro.—Roylet III. 53.   R distans, Eoylel ib.   B. brevirostris,
Mgew. in Linn. Tr. xx. 28 ?   E. riparius, Mgew. ib.?
HAS. In Himalaya temperata vulgaris, alt. 8-10,000 ped.l in Sikkim
in jugis interioribus I—(Fl. per totam sestatem.) (v. ».)
~Kkizoma horLzontale, vel radix descendens fnsiformis. Caulu erectus, ramosus,
1-2-pedaIis, multiflorus, adpresse albo-pilosus, pilis rarius prope basin caulis subpaten-
tibus. Folia radicalia tripartita, supra sparse pilosa, infra adjjfesse sericea, diam.
2-4-pollicaria; segmenta late ovalia, basi cuneata, rariua in petiolum angustata, in
lobos plures argute dentatos grosse iacisa; ca^ilina sessiiia, tripartita, segmentis ob-
longis grosse incisis. Panicula divaricato-ramosa, multiflora, Mores diam. .polli-
cares. Sepala ovalia, extus villosa. Petala fere orbicularia, bast cuneata, sepalis
duplo longiora. Achenia ovalia, in capitulum diam* 3 liu. collecta, leevia, marginata,
in stylmn brevem acntom basi latum compressum sensim attenuata.
This species has the habit and general appearance of JR. acris, nemorosus, lanugi-
nosus, etc., but we have not been able to identify it with any of them, thongh we
most confess that the characters by which it is distinguished from all of these are of
the smallest possible importance, as being derived from the achenia, which vary to a
very great degree. Many specimens of these European species can be selected from
among the great nnmbers now before us, which, withont trait, are undistingnishable
from the Indian plant; and there is a specimen in the Hookerian Herbarium from
Fries, marked R. sylvaticus, which, with widely different foliage, has exactly the
same beak as the ordinary state of the Indian plant. There is no doabt that the
leaves vary extremely in all these species; and if the characters derived from the
achenia be found insufficient, which we believe will be the case, we fear that many of
the supposed species now distinguished by authors, and the present among the num-
ber,, must be reduced to JR. acrist L. "We have only seen very imperfect specimens
of Mr. Edgeworth's plants, but we believe them to be rather abnormal states than
distinct species. The alpine one closely resembles some of our own specimens, and
R. riparius seems only a mountain plant, casually carried down to the plains.
19.  R. bulbosus (L. Sp. 778); caule erecto, basi bulboso ad-
presse piloso, foliis ternatim pinnatisectis, panicula multiflora, sepalis
reflexis, acheniis in capitulura globosum" collectis impunctatis, recepta-
culo oblongo glabro.—DC. Prod. i. 41; Royle! Ill 53; Ledeb. Jl. Rots.
i. 44.
HAS. In Himalaya occ. temp.: Kanawer, Boyle!—(t?.-s.)
DISTRIB. Europa tota et Asia occidentaiis! in Americam tempera-
tarn, ex Torrey et Gray, ex Europa introducta.
Caulis pedalis, ramosus. Folia trisecta, segmentis profnnde trifidis grosse incisis;
caulina, tripartita, segmentis linearibus pinnatifido-lobatis., Tlores g-l-pollicares.
Sepala, ovata, pilosa. Petala late obovata. Achenia in capitolnm diam. 3-lineare
cougesta, ovalia, marginata, in stylum brevem late triangularem acutum seusim atte-
nuata.
We do not feel at all certain that this plant has not been introduced through some
mistake among Dr. Royle's Indian plants. It is certainly not common in the^ Hima-
laya, as it has not been found by any of the recent travellers'in these mountains.
20.  R. fibrosus (Wall. Cat. 4706!); caule erecto patentim his-
pido, foliis ternatim pinnatisectis, segmentis ad basin usque partitis,
panicula multiflora, sepalis reflexis, acheniis in capitulum magnum glo-
bosum collectis marginatis pucctatis, receptaculo subgloboso sericep-
piloso.